Second cycle degree in

Landscape studies

Class: LM-80 - Geography

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Class LM-80 - Geography
Duration 2 years
Branch Padova
Language Italian
Tuition fees and scholarships
Programme coordinator BENEDETTA CASTIGLIONI
Access Open access with admission requirements

Next Calls for applications (international students) - A.Y. 2024/25:

  • 1st Call: 2 November 2023 - 2 February 2024
  • 2nd Call: 2 March - 2 May 2024
  • 3rd Call (ONLY EU and equated students): 2 June - 2 August 2024


This is an innovative and multidisciplinary training course, which will allow you to acquire skills combining complex subjects such as environmental protection with those of development, promotion and awareness, starting from a solid knowledge of landscapes features and their representations. You can take advantage of a strongly application-oriented teaching, complete with workshops, seminars and internships at extra-academic partners, field experiences, exchanges with specialised European centres. This course will also give you the opportunity to cover a vast spectrum of disciplines, from laws regulating landscape to its history and archeology, from branding to the relationship with tourism, from statistics to creative communication, opening up work opportunities both in public and private entities, in different application areas.

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Characteristics and objectives
The course in Landscape Studies offers a unique opportunity in Italy to study in depth landscape issues within a vibrant and multidisciplinary scientific environment. Landscape plays an important role in the quality of life in cities and in the countryside, in the attractiveness of places, in the revitalisation of marginal areas, and in the cultural growth and well-being of populations. New skills are required to integrate the complex issues of protection with those of sustainable development, promotion and awareness-raising. This begins with a solid knowledge of the landscapes and their representations.
The course will provide students with specific competencies and skills in order to develop a critical approach to dealing with landscape issues within different contexts. In particular, students will learn to: analyse, integrate and interpret data and knowledge with reference to both technical and humanistic aspects of landscapes; apply to landscape the principles of sustainability in environmental, economic and socio-cultural terms in accordance with the Agenda 2030 goals; develop projects for the management and promotion of landscapes; use methodologies and tools to raise awareness and participation and produce effective communication about landscape issues.
The course is characterised by practice-oriented teaching, including professional workshops, seminars and internships in collaboration with extra-academic partners; outdoor experiences and field trips; Erasmus exchanges with qualified European universities; the opportunity to carry out the degree thesis in the project-work format; active participation in events promoting landscape culture. In line with the most advanced international perspectives on the study of landscapes, this course follows the recommendations of the Declaration of Higher Education on Landscape.
The study plan covers natural and cultural, rural and urban landscape issues across a range of disciplines, such as: physical and cultural geography, landscape law, regional and landscape planning, statistics and qualitative methodologies, geographic information systems and digital landscape visualization, Anthropocene studies, landscape history and archaeology, place branding, tourism and landscape, landscape education and participation studies, creative communication and art and film studies.
The course is open to graduates with a high final GPA or certified skills from the following disciplines: human geography, humanities, social sciences, law, architecture, urban planning, agronomy, physical geography, and/or natural sciences.
Occupational opportunities
Graduates will learn how to work in public and private bodies, in enterprises and organisations in the following areas: support to landscape planning and management; landscape promotion within the tourism, leisure and recreational fields; development of landscape education, participation and communication activities. Graduates may also consider a career as geography teachers in schools, upon obtaining their teaching qualification and successfully participating in calls for teaching, pursuant the current regulations.